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    Hi, we have a 9 week old english staffy, we've had her for 3 weeks. So she was 6 weeks when we got her. We have her sleeping outside in a huge undercover area, sometimes she sleeps on a dog bed sometimes in her kennel. My problem is that she cries constantly throughout the night. We have had a complaint through the council via a neighbour for her barking when we first got her, she couldn't even bark then. It must have been the crying? I have just found out that to take her at 6 weeks is too young and we should have got her at 8 weeks? I know that people will say to bring her inside but that was the choice we made before we got her. She was born outside and her parents stay outside too. I'm hoping someone can give me some ideas lol

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    is she warm? does she have blankets?

    for a lil pup like that, dark windy, cold nights can be pretty scary..... all these unknown sounds etc.....

    gotta try and make her as comfy as possible.
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    Hi there,

    If she were mine, I would have her in the house with me. She needs the reassurance and love of her pack first as she is so young. Plus a staffy needs to be a part of the family as much as possible. Just my 2 cents worth and I am a big softy.

    good luck.

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    I have just found out that to take her at 6 weeks is too young and we should have got her at 8 weeks? I know that people will say to bring her inside but that was the choice we made before we got her. She was born outside and her parents stay outside too.
    It's actually illegal in some states (Vic, NSW and maybe QLD) to rehome a puppy at less than 8 weeks.

    Hope you've got vaccinations and microchipping happening and puppy preschool and socialisation - you will have to work extra hard with her to teach her doggy manners that she would have learned from her mum and litter mates had she stayed.

    She might have been born outside but she wasn't alone - she was with her mum and litter mates. Imagine if you were a baby and suddenly got taken away from everything you knew and put by yourself somewhere cold and dark for hours. Most human babies would scream too.

    76% of serious dog attacks involve an outside dog aka "garden ornament", that is not included as part of the family.
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/bsl-dog-l...tml#post198999

    So you might want to start taking steps to include this poor unfortunate puppy as part of your household. Mine - I started with her out in the kitchen the first night - in case of toilet training accidents - but after 15 minutes of puppy screaming - I couldn't hack it, and she got the cardboard box bed next to my bed with a lead tied from her to me so she couldn't get up to potty without waking me up to take her out. I also set the alarm for every two hours to take her out for the first two weeks.

    Once the puppy feels more secure in their new home, you can start moving where they get to sleep. Ie if you put the cardboard box in a crate, you can move the crate closer and closer to the back yard...

    But I would not have a dog if it couldn't be inside with me. I figure there's not much point as a burglar deterrent if she's locked outside when I'm being attacked inside.

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    That's righ 6 weeks is way too early - I will even pick up a pup for 10weeks
    Anyway - what i've done before is I make sure there is a light where the pup
    is and i had a small radio playing on the background (very soft) just to assure
    her that there is company around :-)

    try that might help you
    m<(o.o)>m

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    I'm generally not a friend of outside-only dogs for a number of reasons. Barking is one of them. A few weeks ago someone in our neighbourhood must also have gotten a new outside puppy. The poor thing cries all night, then it's quiet in the morning for an hour or so and then (probably when the owners go to work) it starts crying again til they come home. It's heartbreaking.

    So, I'm with Hyacinth, bring the poor pup inside. Of course she cries - she's too little to spend the night outside alone. Our pup slept in a cardboardbox next to our bed. We blocked the hallway with a small gate, that way we woke by his paws tapping over the wooden floor when he tried to get out for a pee. Easy, within a day or so he knew the drill and we had hardly any accidents. And now we have a dog who knows how to behave inside a house - rather than his playmate who never was an inside dog and goes completely bonkers when she is allowed inside once in a while.

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    Personally I think puppies need to be inside at that age. It would be scary for the poor thing. Both of my dogs spent a few months inside and would sleep in either the tiled bathroom or kitchen area and were regularly taken outside for toilet breaks. They are only tiny tiny babies still and need to be treated as such.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    It would be worth you doing a search about crate training and maybe rethink. An outside staffy alone seems very mean as they are the ultimate socialite and love human company. Some of the best tradie dogs I have seen are staffys who just revel in constant copany. The poor poppet has had an extremely traumatic start being taken 25% too early and missed out on vital socialisation in those two weeks and now being left outside. Oh my.

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    Poor baby, please bring her inside. I have 2 staffies and they sleep in my room. They are fully grown, but both rescue dogs and we've only had them a short time, there is no way I would consider biffing them outside at night at this point in time. Everything is scary, dark and lonely. Better to build their confidence in me

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    she's crying because she's underage and alone. It's cold, scary and you're practicing separation, one of the most stressful things to do to a dog. Either bring her inside in somewhere at least like the laundry etc or buy her a crate, and put some of your jumpers etc in there with her so she has your smell. She doesnt understand why you leave her alone so she cries.
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